Authorities are in the process of establishing the first non-smoking wing of its
kind at the Ayalon Prison in central Israel.
Prisons Service spokesman
Yaron Zamir said on Thursday that the non-smoking section was being set up at
Ayalon’s medical ward following a petition to a Petah Tikva court by a prisoner
suffering from a heart condition.
The prisoner said the passive smoking
he was exposed to was harming his health.
Other prisoners, such as Dror
Alperon, son of senior mob figure Yaakov Alperon, who was assassinated in a car
bomb in 2009, has also complained of exposure to second-hand smoke.
Israeli law, prison cells are considered private property rather than public
spaces, Zamir stressed, meaning the Prisons Service could not prohibit smoking
there “The vast majority of prisoners are smokers,” Zamir said. “We’ve had
non-smoking cells, but we will now be setting up a non-smoking wing,” he added.